New Bench

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Project by Manitario posted 08-14-2014 06:11 PM 7449 views 18 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to taking some pics of my new bench. I started work on it over a year ago, more or less finished the top and then promptly got busy building my new shop. Took me another 6 months to make time to put together the base and finish the top.

It is HEAVY! The top is about 3” thick maple with cherry and African blackwood accents. I enlisted the help of a friend to lift it; even then we were not able to move it off the floor. Ended up using my engine hoist to put the top on the base.

Overall, it was a difficult project; I had to glue up the top in several sections; due to the weight and size it was quite a bit of work to get everything flat and straight. The dovetails were the first that I’ve ever attempted in a project, dovetailing 3” thick wood was quite the introduction to dovetailing!

I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. It is a solid bench, it doesn’t flex or move at all with chiseling/planing etc. My old bench (which was my very first LJ project: ) was relegated to an assembly/finishing/glueup table.

Cherry, maple, African blackwood with pine base, finished with BLO.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 07:06 PM

Stunning work Manitario!

Most excellent.

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 07:16 PM

Nicely done. Jealous.

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 07:18 PM

That is a beautiful bench, I really like the contrast of the African Blackwood. By the way, what kind of car did you pull that top out of?

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 07:49 PM

Wow. What a beautiful beast that is.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 08-14-2014 07:56 PM

Great work on this. Having just done a much lighter bench in 2” pine that was still fairly heavy I can’t imagine what yours must weigh. It’s wonderful to work on a bench that doesn’t move. Congratulations on a beautiful bench. I just hope you don’t ever have to move it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 08:11 PM

Wohoooooo lovely heavy weight bench.
Love the fact you could not even lift the top.
Nice work and fine details.
Where does the hardware come from?
May you have many joyful hours by the bench.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 08-14-2014 08:17 PM

That is one good looking workbench!

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 08-14-2014 08:24 PM

That is so beautiful i couldnt use it to work on,i would put it in a room get a chair and admire it!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#9 posted 08-14-2014 08:42 PM

Come on, your not going to work on that. That’s for show only, right?

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#10 posted 08-14-2014 08:54 PM

Thanks guys!
Mads: the hardware is from Lee Valley.
Mike: yeah, I hope not to have to move it for many years. 3 different workshops now in 4 years, I’m getting tired of setting up shop.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 08-14-2014 09:30 PM

AMAZING, but the problem is that all of your future projects will have to meet that standard of quality. Best of luck with that.

PS—Ya just can’t leave the semicolons alone, can ya? :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#12 posted 08-14-2014 09:38 PM

Great bench.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 08-14-2014 10:53 PM

That is a awesome looking bench.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 08-14-2014 10:59 PM

Excellent work! That is a bench that should be passed down many times over…...sweet.

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#15 posted 08-14-2014 11:08 PM

Great looking bench, nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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